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James Senior at Microsoft: Like a kid in a candy store

August, 2008

  • Meet you at PDC 2008

    Just booked up my ticket to LA for PDC in October – can’t wait! There’s going to be some really cool technology there so worth the trip! Meet you there! Get some bling for your blog and desktop here !
  • New Look and Feel for Mojave Experiment

    Gone is the dark and mysterious backdrop to the Mojave Experiment, now there is a fresh and light look and feel to www.mojaveexperiment.com . The “deep zoom” navigation is also really cool and I love the way everything falls into a 3D world with depth...
  • Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC next week

    Cool workshops event in NYC being run by my colleagues state side in New York: Overview of Silverlight & WPF Designer developer workflow using XAML Expression Studio to craft Silverlight and WPF User Experiences Styling and Skinning Data Binding Using...
  • Add this to your dictionary: Photosynther

    My prediction is that in the next 6 months there’ll be a new noun in the dictionary: photosynther [foh-toh-sinth-er] – noun An individual that takes many photos of the same object or scene to be later used in Photosynth , a new and exciting technology...
  • Come and get it: IE8 Beta 2

    Download and play: www.microsoft.com/ie8 My fav features, so far: Accelerators – select a part of the webpage, click the icon that appears and do stuff like blog, get definitions, find a map etc. Open a new Tab - “What do you want to do next?” – easy...
  • Death Star over San Francisco

    Too good not to share :-)
  • Microsoft UK Bloggers bring home the gold

    In what I can only liken to Great Britain’s current haul at the Olympics, Microsoft UK bloggers have won multiple awards across different categories in the Computer World Blogging awards 2008 .  Congratulations to Steve Clayton’s “ Geek in Disguise...
  • SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Bristol and London TechNet events

    Just wanted to highlight the TechNet events in Bristol and London that the IT Pro guys are putting in October.  These are essential for anyone that deploys/migrates/maintains SBS and (in the future) EBS and I would recommend attending to get a heads...
  • Live Mesh: more slots and extended to new countries

    Today we rolled out the Live Mesh Technical Preview to Canada, India and Ireland (in English) and those countries now join USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand as we scale up and out with the service.  The developer platform – probably the most exciting...
  • PC Power Management announcements

    Just been checking the Microsoft Environment Sustainability Blog and the team has been busy with some announcements recently including a free consumer tool to control power consumption on PCs at a fine grained level using a free tool built by Verdiem...
  • Microsoft takes Google, Yahoo et. al to school

    Love this article! Chris will too :-) Microsoft's Live Maps Schools Google, Yahoo, Ask and AOL in Georgia Mapping Go VE – you rock!
  • Pixar to use Windows Server 2008 HPC

    Last year I dabbled a with the HPC (High Performance Computing) version of Windows Server and now it seems the platform goes from strength to strength with news of Pixar using the latest incarnation built on Windows Server 2008 to render it’s future box...
  • Crazy Olympic Silverlight Stats

    Came across this cool article on eWeek about the online coverage by NBC of the Olympics powered by Microsoft Silverlight , there are some pretty mind-boggling statistics about the use throughput of data and the number of downloads of the plugin. ...
  • Saqib talks developing accessible applications

    It seems like an age ago when I wrote the post “ I want my desktop to look beautiful, even if I can't see it ” where I interviewed Saqib Shaikh about accessibility in Windows Vista whilst soaking in the atmosphere of a small Parisian restaurant. I bumped...
  • SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 Click thru demos

    I’ve been taking a look today at some SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 that are part of Microsoft’s Demo Showcase   Small and Medium Sized Business Edition ( championed by our very own Chris Parkes in the UK ) and like these new demos a lot.  They highlight...
  • Eric and his Linq Mindmap

    Mr Nelson has been playing around with Mindmaps recently and he’s come up with a rather nice one for Linq .  Enjoy!  Oh the tool he used for this can be downloaded here .